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Sustainability Symposium Devoted to Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment

Sustainability Symposium Devoted to Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment
Michel Cann, Ph.D. (right) is awarded the Saint Francis of Assisi Caring for Creation Sustainability Award. Also pictured are Mark Murphy, director of sustainability at the University (left) and Natalie Bai ‘17 (center), who interns in the office of sustainability

The University’s Fall Sustainability Symposium examined Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’. More than 200 guests attended the event, titled “Care for our Common Home, World in Crisis.” Scranton Chaplain Richard Malloy, S.J., provided the keynote address, which was followed by a panel discussion. 

Michael Cann, Ph.D., distinguished professor of chemistry, who has been actively engaged in sustainability efforts at the University for more than two decades, was awarded the Saint Francis of Assisi Caring for Creation Sustainability Award. 

Mark Murphy, director of sustainability at the University, said the symposium presented the powerful message that climate change is real. The University is doing its part to make a change through various sustainability initiatives. 

Panelists included Scranton professors Sister Mary Anne Foley, Ph.D., theology; Oliver Morgan, Ph.D., counseling and human services; Charles Pinches, Ph.D., theology; and Nicholas Truncale, physics; and student Veronica Sinotte ‘16. Mary Ann Smith ’07, ’11, G’09, professor of chemistry at Marywood University, and Rabbi Daniel Swartz, spiritual leader of Temple Hesed in Scranton, rounded out the panel. Joseph Dreisbach, Ph.D., associate provost of international education at Scranton, introduced the panel. 

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